Prayers for our World

October 15, 2012


Dear Friends,

This post comes Bob Buford. You can learn more about Bob by visiting his website at I hope you enjoy these prayers as much as I did.

PS Don’t forget that Sunday we are painting Eastside pink plus we will be finishing up the sermon series, Not A Fan.

Prayers of Three Great Men in Unsettled Times

We live in turbulent times Рunpredictable, agitated Рdecadent in many ways. Wall Street, Hollywood, and Washington seem to rule the news with a focus on conflict, controversy, and bizarre novelty as the three dominant themes.

It is a good time to visit the prayers of three wise men confronted with tempestuous circumstances.

THOMAS MERTON, A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani

A Prayer about the Uncertainty of One’s Future

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.


I received this prayer from two prominent businessmen. It has been frequently attributed to Billy Graham, and prior to that, it was circulated as Paul Harvey’s prayer. The prayer was actually authored by Rev. Joe Wright, Senior Pastor of a church in Kansas. Nevertheless, it is a powerful prayer for our nation.

A Prayer for a Nation in Moral Decline

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!


ABRAHAM LINCOLN, the sixteenth President of the United States

A “Prayer” for a Nation divided by slavery to avert Civil War,¬†excerpted from his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861

If it were admitted that you who are dissatisfied hold the right side in the dispute, there still is no single good reason for precipitate action. Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.

In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect, and defend it.”

I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.


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